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Pros and Cons of Being a Writer


So, bucko, you want to be a writer. Well, that might be good, or it might be not so good. As with most things there are upsides and downsides. You can be a widely read hack or a forever undiscovered genius. The possibilities are indeed endless, but I scribbled a few here just for you.


You can...

  • Inflict your opinion on the world
  • Create sexy characters and make them do anything you want
  • Fictionalize your enemies and have revenge upon them
  • Wax poetic in your prose
  • Wax prosaic in your poetry
  • Make your own rules
  • Break your own rules
  • Create your own grammar
  • Use inventive spelling
  • Parodize those you despise
  • Glorify those you admire
  • Spend hours and hours in a world of your own creation
  • Change the world
  • Affect public opinion
  • Become rich and famous
  • Sell your work to a movie producer
  • See your work in print in newspapers and magazines
  • Say that you are a Writer and impress your friends


  • Rejection. Be prepared for lots of rejection.
  • No one cares about your opinion
  • Your sexy characters become strong and refuse to do what you say. Pretty soon they are telling you what to write. He wants to be a corporate lawyer for Disney and she wants to be a librarian. They want to have a family and move to Worcester...
  • Your enemies may read your revenge upon them in your fiction and take revenge upon you in your reality
  • People will laugh at your poetic prose
  • People will snore at your prosaic poetry
  • People may say you are a bad writer if you make your own rules
  • People will say you are a worse writer if you break your own rules
  • People will think you are ignorant if you use your own grammar and/or inventive spelling
  • If you write a parody about someone you despise, you may actually help them by getting them publicity
  • If you glorify someone you admire, readers may think it is a parody
  • If you spend hours and hours in your own little world, you will miss hours and hours out of your real life
  • Your writing might change the world for the worse
  • You may affect public opinion in ways you did not intend
  • People who are already rich and famous for doing other things are competing with you. Why should anybody make you rich and famous when they can publish somebody who already is?
  • About a million screenplays are written every year and about two dozen get picked up
  • If your writing is published in a newspaper or magazine, people may express a contrary opinion by sending you hate mail or perhaps a bomb
  • When you say that you are a writer, the first question will be, "Where have you been published?"

Writing is a disease. Unless you check it in its early stages, it gets a hold of you like a pit bull and just won't let go. The good news? It's pretty fun. Still, getting something published is pretty fun, too. Some might say it's 'even funner', but not me. I would say, it's 'even more fun.'

I have observed that some people are successful at chasing publication - that is I see that they may actually catch it by chasing it - but I stopped doing that long ago. Others self publish in print through Amazon or elsewhere, some with great success. I have found writing online and attracting an audience here to be very gratifying. Also I recently had a publisher approach me to re-publish one of my online pieces in print. That was certainly a thrill.

So keep at it, I say. I certainly will.

Happy writing.


Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 20, 2020:

Best advice I've heard …"writing is a disease." Only a real writer could make that observation.

If writing is a disease, then might one of the side effects must be insanity? If so, could I exchange my prosaic for some Prozac?

Seriously, I enjoyed this! Thanks.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on October 08, 2015:

Always good to know. I take it you're keeping your day job?

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 26, 2012:

Happy writing, there, Gummy!

bittergummy on January 26, 2012:

I would like to become a writer, but after reading your post, I'm not

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Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on December 06, 2011:

Hi Hannah! Yes, it is fun being a writer - and even better than this, to be a writer, all you have to do is write!

hannah on December 06, 2011:

heymy name is hannah and i want to be a writer. is it fun to be a writer?

person # who knows on January 06, 2010:

I like to write because it makes me feel free. i can do whatever i want when i write.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on March 14, 2009:

People seem to have a good opinion of me on HubPages, and I value that greatly, but elsewhere I am just regarded as another hardware sales weasel. Sigh.

Feline Prophet on March 13, 2009:

You're lucky, Tom, if your friends are impressed that you are a writer...mine would rather I was a gourmet chef or something! :P

Great hub!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on February 12, 2009:

Benson, ignorance is not knowing you are creating your own grammar, and the cons are for everyone, not just you! I'm going to go visit a bunch of your hubs now and give them the thumbs up to cheer you up.

Benson Yeung from Hong Kong on February 12, 2009:

great list. I tend to have more of the cons working against me than pros working for me (see how I am creating my own grammar but than appearing ignorant instead).

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 29, 2009:

So glad you enjoyed, Denny!

Denny Lyon from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA on January 29, 2009:

Hilarious! And it's all true which makes the laugh all the more enjoyable. ... and as a writer you can break all of "their" rules... which is more fun than revenge...

Thanks for the post-lunch grin, what a guy!

Blogging this to my poetry blog where I promote more than myself (that can be such a snooze) - they will definitely enjoy this one!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 29, 2009:

My characters always change my stories. It's like having kids without the expense! Thanks so much, Amanda

(I am SO proud of my hinge drawings LOL)

Amanda Severn from UK on January 29, 2009:

Your hubs always make me laugh Tom (apart from the ones about hinges. Oh, OK I confess. I haven't read the ones about hinges!) I like the line about characters developing a life of their own, and then not letting you tell them what to do. I have the same problem!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 29, 2009:

That would be cool to see that book, Pam.

A great thing about being a writer - if it's not true, it's not a lie: it's fiction!!

Pam Roberson from Virginia on January 29, 2009:

LOL Tom, this is really good and I enjoyed both the pros and cons. Another sad con is that a writer often isn't recognized for their work (if it's good) until they are dead. lol!

Okay, so that's not the total truth, but after reading this, I was thinking about an antique book I have that is a literary criticism in the days of Dickens and other great writers who are today adored. They kind of got some snooty reviews in their time. ;) I'll have to dig out that book to refresh my memory about what was said. lol!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 29, 2009:

Ha! You win.

Elena. from Madrid on January 29, 2009:

I tell 'em the truth, that I'm a business exec in a multinational corporation --that not only shuts everyone up, but sends them running in the other direction! Laugh!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 29, 2009:

I love that. Thanks, Elena!

Yes, that's why I always say, "I'm a locksmith." That shuts 'em up.

Elena. from Madrid on January 29, 2009:

Tom, you seem to make it a habit to make me smile! :-) The list of PROS is good, but the list of CONS is fantastic! Laugh!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 27, 2009:

Thanks for making the request, KCC!

Depression is good for your writing, Mr. Toad! Keep up the good work.

goldentoad from Free and running.... on January 27, 2009:

I think you covered all the points on this one. Now I feel depressed. thanks.

KRC from Central Texas on January 27, 2009:

Great hub, Tom......and thanks for answering my hub request. I thought a few of you might have fun with it!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 27, 2009:

What a coincidence! I'm still learning, too. Welcome, Abeerer!

abeerer on January 27, 2009:

Great hub. Its good for a biggener like me :-) still learning.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 27, 2009:

Glad you enjoyed, SiddSingh! Writing is enjoyable in a sick kind of way.

SiddSingh on January 27, 2009:

Really funny hub. A totally different take on the pros and cons of being a writer. Yet, it is true.

I chuckled when I read the pros, I laughed when I read the cons. You make writing seem really enjoyable, Tom.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 27, 2009:

I agree totally. I love it when my characters take over the story, not to mention my life, ha ha

foxility on January 27, 2009:

lol. I love writing because of the cons... it's such a challenge. Well, except for the whole bombing thing.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 27, 2009:

Writer's block! I forgot writer's block! I must have had writer's block!

Jim Batuyong from Anaheim, CA on January 27, 2009:

How true. It does take hold of you and kind of consume you. Another con for me would be when I really want to write something and I can't think of anything interesting to say. I get that a lot. Great Hub Tom.

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